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Wayne Law empowers students with the flexibility to pursue any facet of law that piques their interest, whether they aspire to work at a nonprofit organization or in the C-suite. Our clinics, externships and programs focused on entrepreneurship and business prepare future jurists for successful careers as in-house counsel, and more.

Jaffe Transactional Law Competition

Law students argue during the Jaffe Transactional Law CompetitionThe innovative Jaffe Transactional Law Competition helps students develop drafting, negotiation and counseling skills, with two-member teams representing a buyer and seller involved in a complex acquisition. Teams draft an agreement, which they negotiate as necessary. After weeks of revisions, the teams then come together for two rounds of live negotiations, where their work is judged by practicing attorneys.

Business and Community Law Clinic

The Business and Community Law Clinic allows upper-level law students to learn the theory, skills and practice of transactional lawyering while supporting qualifying community organizations and encouraging the growth of social enterprise. Under the supervision of experienced and licensed faculty, student attorneys assume primary responsibility and work directly with organizational clients to address their transactional legal needs.


Corporate Counsel Externship

The corporate counsel externship program places students in the corporate counsel offices of for-profit and nonprofit businesses across metro Detroit. Through their placement and the companion class, students learn about the role of in-house counsel while gaining exposure in mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, real estate transactions, securities laws, and compliance with government regulation of business and industry.

Patent Procurement Clinic

Students and alumni in a law firm officeAdditionally, the Patent Procurement Clinic is a legal partnership between Wayne Law and Brooks Kushman that provides students with training in practical lawyering skills while offering entrepreneurs and future business owners invaluable services to help them protect intellectual property. It is part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Clinic Certification Program and is one of 36 participating law school patent clinics in the country.